Category Archives: Voices

Hello Guys

Oct 1, 2014 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

Hello Guys,

How are you guys doing? My name is Yousouf and I am a sophomore here UC. I was born and raised in the Bronx and attend Cardinal Hayes High School. I miss back home but it is nice to get away from it sometimes. That is one of the reasons I decided to come to Utica College. I love playing all kinds of sports, listening to music and simply just relaxing.

As far as UC goes, I really enjoyed my first year here and I am glad to be back for another year. I am actually studying Computer Science here but plan on changing  my major to Cyber Security. After living in the dorms for a year, I actually live off campus now. Living off campus has it’s pros and cons for me. I don’t really enjoy it as much as living on campus, but I actually get to concentrate now. I focus more on my studies and procrastinate less. Unfortunately I don’t get to spend time with my friends anymore, the walk is about 30 minutes everyday from school, and I also don’t have a meal plan. It is something new that I am familiarizing myself with but I definitely will make the best of it.

I am currently new to this but will continue to blog consistently. I am looking forward to the rest of the year and have a blessed day.


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Leadership Weekend 2014

Oct 1, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

This past weekend I was given the opportunity to attend Student Senate’s annual Leadership Weekend. The purpose of the event was for student leaders to develop leadership skills within themselves and when working with other people. The weekend was held up on Raquette Lake at Camp Huntington, which is a secluded property owned by SUNY Cortland.We left from Strebel at 2:00 on Friday and returned at 3:00 on Sunday.

    (Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon boat to get there!)

(Camp Huntington is so secluded that you have to take a pontoon boat to get there!)

The biggest attraction of the weekend were the high and low ropes courses which were done Saturday afternoon. Individuals were split into two groups, and then went through a series of obstacles designed to test a multitude of skills associated with leadership ability. On the low course, the main take back was that of teamwork; people had to help out their team, and had to be encouraging if someone was having difficulties. The high ropes course was more about challenging yourself, and overcoming any personal hesitations you might have had.

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold...while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)

(One of the low ropes course obstacles was being led around while wearing a blindfold…while your teammates also had on blindfolds.)


(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

(I was terrified of going up on the ropes, but I was proud of myself that I did it.)

Throughout the weekend there was also free time to kayak, canoe, swim, and even paddle board. The weather was beautiful (not a rain cloud in sight!!) so everyone took full advantage.

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

(My friend, Elaine, and I loved kayaking with everyone else.)

The other main focus of leadership weekend is for the students to think of ideas which may better the school, prepare presentations on them, and then present their proposals to various Utica College dignitaries of whom were invited up to the camp on Sunday afternoon. Several ideas were thrown around but eventually three ideas became the prevalent ones, and were presented by the groups on Sunday afternoon. The proposals were:

1.) Better Handicap accessibility on campus. (Including shoveling snow more thoroughly in the winter, fixing the elevators in the academic and residential buildings so they break down less often, and allowing for better handicap seating in classrooms.)

2.) Updating IITS issues. (Printers placed in every residential hall, schedules put up outside of computer labs when they are in use, and the Strebel computer lab getting a bit of a “face-lift.”)

3.) Helping to integrate commuter students more easily. (More programming for commuters, and a lounge which contains lockers, a refrigerator, seating areas, etc. so they have somewhere to go on campus.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

(A group presenting their proposal on how to improve Utica College.)

The ideas were all good ideas, and presented very thoroughly. The various Utica College officials took notes, and will try to implement some of the students’ suggestions.


(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

(I love love love loved Leadership Weekend 2014.)

Leadership weekend was probably one of my favorite things to have done on campus, and to quote my friend Elaine, “I’ve done a lot.” It is a beautiful place to go and spend a weekend, and I highly encourage it. Even if the ropes course freaks you out (like it did me!) think to yourself, “when am I ever going to get this opportunity again?” A completely free weekend spent in the Adriondacks challenging yourself, and thinking of ways to make your school better? I can’t think of anything better.

The A.I.M. Showcase

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Toni Vernon

aimThis past Saturday September 27th was the third annual A.I.M. Showcase, this showcase consisted of nine acts and from these nine acts were the A.I.M. girls themselves. This event was very well put together and was very diverse in the sense of the performances. The first to take the stage was the gospel choir, they did an amazing job as their lead singer was pronominal.


I would say the most anticipated performance was from The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, also known as the boys in blue as they destroyed the stage with their incredibly unique routine that absolutely no one was ready for. The LSU Fraternity also took the stage with a routine that had great choreography and everyone certainly enjoyed. UCs step team also known as Prestige, took the floor with their three returning members but then surprised us by showing their new additions to the team. Prestige looks like their going to be one full team this semester as they looked incredible as a large group.


Open moments also took the stage, as well as two solo rappers. Everyone enjoyed what they had to bring to the show as they were great intermissions between each dance group. A spiritual dancer named Kathleen took the stage and killed her routine, as it was a very touching one. She showed so much enthusiasm and so much dedication in her dance that it was so hard not to be inspired.

kathleenLast but not least the A.I.M. girls concluded this event with their creative hip-hop dance mix, which they killed without a doubt. The A.I.M. girls did an amazing job putting this event together and getting such great acts to come together for their cause as the event was for children’s cancer. I am hoping that they raised a lot of money to go towards their cause. Overall, it was a very successful event, and I can’t wait for their next show.

How I spent my weekend

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Nayary Rosario

As Friday night came I was so happy. Although, not like many students I spent I spent my time studying in the library for my bio exam that I had on Monday. Apart from that his past weekend for me was filled with lots of exciting events and ideas.



Saturday night I went to a show hosted in the auditorium by a group called A.I.M. The auditorium was really packed, and luckily me and my friends were able to sit in the front. The show lasted like about two hours, and various different performances were performed. Such as, Spiritual dancing, rapping, singing, fraternities dancing, the step team, and the choir sang beautifully. My favorite one was the step team. Compared to last years performance they had improved so much, and apart from that they had a lot of more people in their group. I just loved there performance it was very unique and surprising to the audiences.



Apart from that it was one of my friends birthday weekend. It was very exciting. We decided as a group to plan a surprise party for her, and we all put in money. We decided to get her favorite flavored cake which is cookies and cream and her favorite color of balloons which is green. I was actually in charge of blowing up all the balloons, and that headache I got afterwards was so horrible, but luckily it went away. She was so happy, and we were all so happy she was happy.



On Air Now!

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hey guys! I’m blogging you live from the WPNR Radio Station inside Strebel Student Center. Part of my job at WPNR is making promos, which play during everyone’s shows to let listeners know about events going on around campus. But my favorite part of my job is the show I have every Tuesday with my friends Karita and MaryEllen. While I love going to work every day at the station, I always look forward most to the two hours I get to spend playing music and chatting about upcoming UC events, celebrity gossip, and topics regarding student life. Our show, 3BL, has even gained some loyal listeners around campus and is going to be featured during WPNR’s College Radio Day this Friday, October 3!

Multitasking- DJing and Blogging!

Multitasking- DJing and Blogging!

Working at the radio is something I just started this semester. I stumbled upon this job when I was a guest on WPNR during the Summer Orientation program in July; I realized I loved being behind-the-scenes in the station and applied right then and there to be on production staff in the fall. While I never would have thought my path at UC would have taken me to becoming a radio DJ, I am so thrilled with the unexpected opportunity and am truly enjoying every moment.

I definitely recommend that you take advantage to everything UC has to offer, even if it might not be something you think you’d be good at! The other staff at WPNR are so nice and funny, and have really helped me to learn the ropes at the station. I am so grateful to work in such a fun environment with such great people! There are so many different ways you can get involved on campus, and it’s definitely worth it to attend meetings, go to events, and explore new things. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there- you never know what you may end up loving!

As for me, I am about to go back on air, so feel free to tune in to 90.7 WPNR now! Have a great week, everyone!

SYBL: Internship

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Karita Rawlins

2. Land an Internship 

With my senior year off to a great start, it is also a reminder that it will soon be coming to an end. In a couple of months, I’m going to have to face the facts and be out in the real world. I can guarantee you I am not ready for that. For starters, I have changed my major a total of five times and even now I am second guessing it. To help myself better understand what I want to do for the rest of my life I decided to apply to for an internship. Since my major doesn’t require it, I figured it would still be great learning experience and I should go for it, but if don’t land one it would be okay.

My passion for news reporting drove me to apply for something in that field. I successfully landed an internship as a Reporting Intern at Time Warner Cable News Syracuse.



Here on campus, Career Services has many available resources to land an internship! Below are a few tips of my own you can use:

1. Early bird gets the worm!

Don’t wait until to last minute to start looking. It’s okay to start looking a semester or two in     advance. It’s better if you have you know what you need to improve or have ready when the time comes to apply. Pay close attention to deadlines! Just because your application it’s not due until 11:59pm doesn’t mean you should wait until 11:53pm to submit it. Technology isn’t always our best friend.

2. Double Triple Quadruple check your resume

When you submit your application, you’re not going to be able to sell yourself the way you want to pre-interview. Having a spelling-and/or grammar-error-filled resume can kill your chances. Use Career Services! They offer a resume clinic and are available by appointment to work on strengthening your resume. Don’t sell yourself short either; in today’s market experience comes in different forms. President of your sorority? That’s a leadership role! — include it.

3. Go into your interview prepared.

Research the company you are interviewing with. There is nothing more embarrassing than being in an interview and not knowing who you’re interviewing with. Dress presentable and professional. Don’t wear a ball gown, but maybe khakis aren’t the way to go either. A good beard trim won’t hurt. You want to be taken seriously and your appearance is the first step. Career Services also offers mock interviews. Schedule one a week or two before your interview and while you’re there order some of the free business cards they have available for students!

4. Be confident and never feel discouraged

We all can’t get everything we apply for or want in the world. Maybe you didn’t get that internship the first time, stay confident in yourself and it won’t be long until you land your first one!

If you are a student seeking an internship I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Take a risk because the worst thing they can say is no! Believe in yourself and anything is possible. Stop by the Office of Career Services to learn more about what they have to offer.

Want to learn more about my Senior Year Bucket List? Check it out how far I’ve made it on my list!

somethings to know

Sep 30, 2014 | Author: Juwan Wilson

Hey guys how you doing hope everything is going well, I just wanted to give you guys a heads up on some of the things that are coming up. BREAK BUS! Are on sale right now and have been since September 30th bus leaves Oct 10th at 4pm in front of strebel its 70 dollars round trip. Having problems with APA style on paper? The UC Library is holding workshops to help you understand and get APA down packed. GymLyfeFitness is a Quality Affordable Online Personal Trainer any students looking to get their body in the right shape and need guides should check it out. Flyers are outside across from Student Activities and also UC college students Receive 50% off all Fitness Package you can’t wrong with that.

Life as a Public Relations Major

Sep 29, 2014 | Author: Allison Acquaviva

When I first started my journey as a Public Relations major, I had no idea just how exciting it would be!

I’ve been in this curriculum for only a year now, but I’m absolutely in love with it! There is already so many avenues and opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and fly.

There is no real definition of Public Relations. It ranges from communications, to marketing, journalism, management, business, blogging, and so much more.

One of my favorite things about being a PR student is that there are so many areas that I get the chance to explore and so many experiences that I can easily add to my resume someday!

This semester, I am so fortunate to be able to work on articles for The Tangerine and host my own hour long radio show on WPNR 90.7 FM :)


My 2nd article for The Tangerine

Writing for The Tangerine has been quite the experience so far! After taking a couple of Journalism classes last semester, I found that I really do enjoy writing!

It’s really interesting how much Public Relations inspires me. If it wasn’t for this curriculum (and those two journalism classes) I never would have discovered my love for writing and blogging!

I don’t think that’s a secret anymore. I love being a student blogger and I love blogging in general. It makes me happy to get my voice out there and I hope that with enough practice, I can turn blogging into a full-time, money-making job.

Being a DJ for WPNR is something that I honestly never thought I would do or even could do!

My job every Friday!

My job every Friday!

I’m only a couple of weeks in, but I absolutely love being in the radio station AND I love the fact that I can play my own music!

The best part? Myself and two other fabulous girls are bringing Country Music into the studio On Fridays from 10 am – 12:30pm. **No, not the twangy stuff from years ago, today’s country.** Love it or hate it, it’s our style!

In the short year that I have been in this major, I’ve gained so much experience that I will be able to use for internships and job opportunities.

The field of PR is always growing, always evolving. In every company, business, etc., there are Public Relations specialists or managers right there to help with press releases, social media efforts, website design, and just the general promotion of the company. (NOT to be confused with marketing!)

Every class, every lesson for me is a learning experience, and it is enjoyable! That is what college should be like, my friends.

The List

Sep 28, 2014 | Author: Elaine Paravati

  College is a time when we are often caught up in the moment and feel invincible. We spend countless hours laughing in the caf, in the residence halls, and in the library. It can be hard to really appreciate all of the little things that make our lives special. Our friendships, the opportunities we have to learn and grow academically, and our families are all things that are easy to take for granted in the business of our lives. The thought of life after college, when we graduate and go our separate ways, rarely crosses our minds when we are recapping on Saturday morning or sharing notes Tuesday afternoon.

  Yet, sometimes, life interrupts us and reminds us of the world that is occurring beyond the Utica College community. While we are settled into our comfortable routines and enjoying our daily routines, there is a whole world out there that is existing separate from the academic and social activities in our community. Sometimes, seeing a shocking news report or hearing unexpected news from home can jolt us back into reality and remind us that there is life beyond our privileged existence here.

  In my years here, I have made many friends. One is very special to my heart. She makes me laugh even on my worst days, and really lights up a room when she walks in. She is hardworking and dedicated, and has fulfilled many leadership activities on campus and in the surrounding community. Everyone loves to be in her company, because she makes everyone feel special and reminds us all not to take anything too seriously.

  For this reason, it was hard for me to take this friend seriously when she told me last semester that she had an illness. It soon sank in that she was not doing well, and really alerted me to the fact that life does not always go as planned. For the rest of the semester, my friend would be shuffling between doctors appointments instead of going to class. Though she kept her head high, never letting on to others that she was sick, I know this time was difficult for her, and it was tough for me, too, to see her suffering. After months of appointments, my friend was cleared to resume her education as usual, and since then she has jumped right back into campus life, with few even knowing the great ordeal she had overcome. 

  My friend has been nothing but strong, graceful, and determined throughout this whole experience. Yet, even though she carried herself with dignity and never let on how much she was suffering, she was still afraid of the unknown in the future. For this reason, she put emphasis on creating a list of things she wanted to do with her friends in the upcoming year, a sort of bucket list, just in case her health were to worsen. We are blessed that our list is not as time-sensitive now; because of her improved diagnostic standing, we are more comfortable easing through the “bucket list” instead of rushing to get everything done as fast as possible. So, our list is getting steadily checked off, just not with as much haste behind it as we had thought.

  But, the future is still unknown. Even though her list was made in a rather extreme situation, it is a list I love and look forward to completing. I would encourage everyone to make a bucket list of their own, whether it be on their own, with a friend, or with family. Really think about what things you would like to do in the next month, season, year, or just within your lifetime. It is the honest truth that you never know what tomorrow may bring, and it is important to make the moments you have now with your loved ones really memorable and special. Create a “bucket list” of your own, and enjoy every minute of the activities and experiences that you include on it. Not only will it make your time at Utica College more special, but it will make your life extraordinary. And in the moments where we get caught up in our schedules and meetings and appointments here and forget about the bigger picture, your bucket list will be sure to remind you to live fully in the moment and to never take for granted the time you have here before graduation.

Try New Things! No, Seriously. Try Them.

Sep 26, 2014 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Everyone says college is about trying new things, and leaving your comfort zone…well, listen to them; it’s a cliche for a reason. My first semester on campus I was the typical commuter, I went to class, and went home. I joined one organization and prayed their meetings weren’t later at night so I wouldn’t have to drive back to campus. Now, I rarely leave campus…which may be considered not so good, looking at my sleep schedule. But, looking at it from my own perspective, sleep aside, I enjoy college much more now, and *bonus* know all of the places to get coffee on campus. Plus, I feel more at ease with my surroundings, and love all of the organizations of which I am a part of.

I credit my current involvement with the personal philosophy I adopted my second semester freshman year, and even more so when I studied abroad the fall of my sophomore year. If I see something that looks interesting to me, I do it…or join it. I don’t let my own fears hold me back from doing something I want. So, you shouldn’t either!

(Mentors involved with the Transitions play during my first year of orientation, Summer 2013.)

I joined Orientation the summer after my first year and learned so many useful techniques about interacting with people. I even made friends I consider to be friends for life. When I was applying for the position I was unsure, and a little nervous about joining in with a group of people I had never really met before, now I know every single mentor and wouldn’t hesitate to say hi if I saw any of them in the hall between classes.

(The Dublin Zoo was so fun to visit, it was definitely worth the hour walk.)

My fall semester I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. I had planned on going abroad since I applied to UC! However, I had never lived away from home for more than a few weeks, let alone many months! Plus, the only foreign country I had ever been to was Canada! While I lived in Ireland I told myself that I would not let a day go by where I did not do a single thing. Luckily, one of my housemates had the same philosophy, and we made sure to do at least a little thing every day. We went to museums, little shops, parks, and the zoo; really, we went anywhere we could. However, this philosophy doesn’t have to be used in a different country. Do it here! Do something different everyday. Whether it be as small as trying a new sandwich for lunch, or as big as going to the next town over and exploring, just try new things.

(The first pic I ever took in the radio station. This was taken from the Divaa Hour’s first show.)

The spring of my sophomore year I randomly decided I wanted a radio show, so one of my friends, Karita, and I created The Diva Hour. We would play music from all of the great divas, classic to modern. It was fun, and we even got our other friend, Elaine, on board with it. Then this year we decided to make a new show, and titled it “3BL.” It’s fun to do, and fun to listen to (at least according to our mom’s it is…) Our show is even going to be featured during the upcoming college radio day, which we’re super excited about! So, if making a radio show is one of the new things you want to try, go talk to the staff at wpnr!

Utica College is a diverse campus with loads of activities and things to do. So, go out there and try some new things, it’ll make your college experience that much more exciting. Trust me.